2013 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2013 scholarship winners:

Katherine Connor McLaughlin Scholarships
Maureen Dubreuil
MS candidate, SPH
Maureen is a third-year rheumatology fellow at Boston Medical Center. She is interested in a career combining clinical rheumatology and research in patterns of rheumatic disease occurrence. She will begin working at the Veterans Administration clinic in Jamaica plain this July and plans to complete her master’s degree in the coming year.

Kristin Sippl
PhD candidate, Political Science, GRS
Kristin’s research investigates the role of non-state actors in global supply chain governance by studying the ability of certification organizations, e.g., Fairtrade International, to combat mercury pollution and promote sustainable development in the small-scale gold mining communities of sub-Saharan Africa. She hopes to become a university professor and expand her research by studying the wine and fish supply chains, and she looks forward to incorporating undergraduates in this important work on fostering ethical consumption.

Elsbeth Melville Scholarship
Erin Salius
PhD candidate, American Literature, GRS
Erin’s research concerns the presence of religious themes and imagery in an emergent genre of twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American literature: the contemporary narrative of slavery. Currently she is writing a dissertation about how Catholicism informs the narrative structure of these texts. After completing her dissertation, she plans to pursue a faculty position in American literature, teaching courses in the African American literary tradition.

Helen and James C. Hennelly Family Scholarship
Meredith Knight

Boston University Women’s Guild Scholarships

Leslie Brown
PhD, History of Art & Architecture, GRS
An independent curator, scholar, and educator, Leslie is a former curator at the Photographic Resource Center at BU and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville. As the product of a Kodak family, she specializes in the history of photography and is interested in dictated viewing experiences and photographic behaviors in touristic landscapes. She has taught at the Art Institute of Boston, BU, RISD, and Wellesley College, and hopes to continue to curate and teach.

Elizabeth Henry
Elizabeth is training as a social scientist who specializes in conducting rigorous research and evaluation studies that examine the impact of social and behavioral interventions on children’s and adolescent women’s health and wellbeing. Her dissertation will address how programs providing support for highly vulnerable adolescent girls within the context of donor-funded, large-scale Highly Vulnerable Children projects, can utilize resources effectively and efficiently to improve access to and participation in school.

Julia O’Toole
PhD, Historical Musicology, GRS
Julia’s current scholarship and research interests are the musical relationships between the female characters in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the reception obstacles that have kept the comic opera Šelma Sedlák by A. Dvořák out of standard opera repertoire. Her career goals include teaching musicology at the college level, publishing findings associated with the above two operas, and incorporating her research into performances, the first of these being a benefit concert for the Czech and Slovak Association of Boston in February of 2014, where Šelma Sedlák will enjoy its US premiere.

BU Women’s Guild Book Award
Jingjing Lin
Jingjing plans to leverage her experience in retail, technology, and entrepreneurship with the business skills she has learned at the School of Management to work with talented emerging designers in China to promote the industry of “Designed-in-China.” Concurrently with her studies at BU, she is pursuing a fashion business certificate at Parsons the New School of Design to learn more about the fashion and retail industries.

Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award
Helen Stevens
MFA, Creative Writing, GRS
Nell grew up in the UK and holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. She first came to Boston in 2008 as a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, then returned to London to work on her writing alongside jobs in publishing and PR. In 2012 she gained an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, and came to Boston University for her MFA in Fiction as a Marcia Trimble Fellow. Her work has appeared in Mslexia, Cutting Teeth, and ELLE Magazine online.

Florence Engel Randall Undergraduate Fiction Award
Disen Huang
BSBA, summa cum laude, Business Administration & Management, SMG
Although Disen spent the majority of her life in China, at 10 she moved with her family to Wisconsin for two and a half years and started writing stories. Her winning short story is entitled, Almost-Family Correspondence, 1914-1918.  She wrote the story while studying abroad in London and drew further inspiration from a trip to Heidelberg.